Recent Activity at AIR

  • PRINTONKATONK 2017

    April 8, 2017

    About the event

    When: 

    Friday May 5th, 2017

    Where: 

    AIR: Artists Image Resource

    518 Foreland Street

    Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    412- 321-8664
    info@artistsimageresource.org

    Cost:

    FREE and open to the public. Family friendly!

    PRINTKATONIK

    Artists Image Resource and Pittonkatonk team up!

    Make your own posters & T-Shirts
    Learn printmaking
    Design your own message

    With hands-on screen-printing and music by May Day Marching band, this is an opportunity for people of all ages to come together, listen to music, and create art about political, personal, and social issues that matter to them.

    artwork by Liz Starin and used by permission

    Read more
  • Closing of annual exhibition of work MFA students from West Virginia University.

    April 8, 2017

    About the exhibition

    When: 

    March 27 through April 22.

    Join us for a FREE public closing reception on April 22 from 6pm to 8pm.
    Exhibition: March 27 through April 22

    Where: 

    AIR: Artists Image Resource

    518 Foreland Street

    Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    412- 321-8664
    info@artistsimageresource.org

    Cost:

    FREE and open to the public.

    Read more
  • AIR Resident Artist 2017: Tonja Torgerson

    April 2, 2017

    Tonja Torgerson

    Originally from the northern woods of Minnesota, Tonja Torgerson received her MFA in Printmaking at Syracuse University and her BFA from the University of Minnesota. Her artwork is regularly exhibited nationally and internationally; and is included the several private and museum collections, including the Weisman Art Museum and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Her recent work deals with death and the impermanent nature of the body.

    Torgerson has been a resident artist at West Virginia Wesleyan College, the Lawrence Arts Center, Fogo Island, and New York Mills, Minnesota. She currently lives in Kansas City and is the Print Studio Manager for the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas.

     

    Resident Projects at Artists Image Resource

    Artists Image Resource was established in 1996 to serve as a laboratory for artists, educators, and the community. AIR’s mission is to integrate the creation of fine art prints with educational programs that explore the role of the artist in contemporary culture. In the 1990’s, as printmaking and photography incorporated digital imaging and information technologies into the field, AIR developed as an active print and imaging resource that made new and old technologies dynamically available to artists and educators alike. AIR’s primary activities are to initiate and facilitate projects with professional artists and to create active laboratory environments where artists, students, and the public interact and explore new ways of thinking about and making art. Current Programs include:

    Professional artists are invited each year to create large scale print and digital artwork at AIR with the goal of creating new work through open-ended residencies that encourage and stimulate the artist to explore new directions. AIR serves as an incubator for projects, emphasizing experimentation and exploration.

    Read more
  • AIR Resident Artist 2017: Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz

    April 2, 2017

    Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz

    Artist Image Resource (AIR) is proud to announce its resident artists for 2017, Tonja Torgerson and Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz. These residencies are supported through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Pittsburgh Foundation, and Heinz Endowments.
    Ricardo Ruiz is a multidisciplinary artist whose work engages the development and recession of culture within the context of contemporary life through superstition, symbolism, and oral histories. Works have been exhibited internationally and published in numerous printed matter. Ricardo is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University as a candidate in the Graduate Painting and Printmaking program.

    Resident Projects at Artists Image Resource

    Artists Image Resource was established in 1996 to serve as a laboratory for artists, educators, and the community. AIR’s mission is to integrate the creation of fine art prints with educational programs that explore the role of the artist in contemporary culture. In the 1990’s, as printmaking and photography incorporated digital imaging and information technologies into the field, AIR developed as an active print and imaging resource that made new and old technologies dynamically available to artists and educators alike. AIR’s primary activities are to initiate and facilitate projects with professional artists and to create active laboratory environments where artists, students, and the public interact and explore new ways of thinking about and making art. Current Programs include:

    Professional artists are invited each year to create large scale print and digital artwork at AIR with the goal of creating new work through open-ended residencies that encourage and stimulate the artist to explore new directions. AIR serves as an incubator for projects, emphasizing experimentation and exploration.

    Read more
  • DIGS — Sexism in the Arts

    March 30, 2017

    details

    When: 

    Opening Reception: May 6th, 2017 — 6pm to 8:30pm

    Exhibition: May 6th through June 2nd, 2017
    Viewing hours Wednesdays and Thursdays 4pm to 8pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 4pm to 6pm
    Also by appointment – contact info@artistsimageresource.org

    Where: 

    AIR: Artists Image Resource

    518 Foreland Street

    Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    412- 321-8664
    info@artistsimageresource.org

    Cost:

    FREE and open to the public.

    about the exhibition

    Curated by:  Carolyn Pierotti 

    Featuring artists:  Christiane D., Sam Thorp, Marlene Boas, Julie Mallis, Dawn Pogany, Staycee Pearl, Danielle Robinson, Jenn Wertz, Ivette Spradlin, Lenore Thomas, Oreen Cohen, Carolyn Pierotti, and Sarika Goulatia

    “DIGS – Sexism in the Arts” came to be because of misogynist behavior, fear, and an overwhelming feeling of isolation.  What are “digs”… comments that we, as women receive daily, making us question our ability, skill set and overall value.   Historically women haven’t been seen, or heard.  When reading art history, women are systematically plucked out of the books, we are viewed as objects in paintings, our work is compared to our male counterparts, and there is a lack of wall space for us in the halls of museums and gallery spaces.  Linda Nochlin posed the question “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” 

    Discrimination of sex is only one facet of the bigger problem that plagues our gender.  Bring into account color, age, and religion and you will surely never receive an exhibit or possibly employment.  It is interesting that those who disagree most about this fact are white male.  There is this disconnect, white males feel that everything is moving forward and progressing, yet discrimination and sexual harassment is still an issue in the workplace and in the arts.  This is issue is not limited to men, but women who also tear down other women.  Perpetuated by political environment, sending messages to boys and young men that it’s acceptable.  Also perpetuated by the media, telling girls and young women how they should act and appear.  13 women in different stages of their career, have been asked to create a piece of artwork based on sexism and how it intersects with age and/or race. 

    Each woman in this exhibit has shared a personal story and/or observation about what sexism is and how it intersects with all of these factors for them.

    A limited edition catalogue will be available during the run of this exhibition, featuring the artist’s work, their statements and unique observations on the subject. 

    Also, being introduced during this exhibition will be a “Virtual Docent”. Virtual Docent is an immersive 360° interactive virtual art gallery experience that works in tandem with brick-and-mortar gallery exhibitions, and can also be utilized solely as a stand-alone virtual gallery presentation. The virtual gallery interface allows viewers to explore an entire gallery and its contents 24 hours a day, every day of the year, all from the Web. This added addition is being brought to the exhibition and Artists Image Resource by Andy Johanson http://andyjohanson.com/

    Sponsors and funding for this exhibition was provided by The Anti-Aging and Longevity Center of Pittsburgh, Porter Loves Creative, Dr. Patricia Sheahan, Biddle’s Express, Purple Room Fine Art, Boxheart Gallery, Kelly Elaine Inc. – A Curly Hair Salon & Such, Trellis Legal, Shelly Pagac and Anastasia Davis

    Read more